Back to School

See below for the first days' schedule.

Welcome back Wildcats!

This Back to School page offers information you need before beginning the new school year. Stay tuned to your CDS email account for additional updates, and make plans to join us on August 21 for Welcome Wildcat Day (see below).

Welcome Wildcat Day

Welcome Wildcat Day is Monday, August 21, 2023.

View the special schedule for that day at the link below.


The first full day of school is Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

On this day, we will begin following this schedule.

School Hours – Earliest Arrival, Start Time, and Dismissal
  • Lower School (LS) PK–5: Arrive as early as 7:45; class starts at 8:00; dismissal at 3:00 (NOTE: Pre-K and Kindergarten will have a half-day schedule during the first week of the school year, dismissing at 11 a.m. More information has been sent to PK and K families.)

  • Key Lower School (KLS) Grades 2–5: Arrive as early as 7:45; class starts at 8:05; dismissal at 2:45

  • Key Middle School (KMS) Grades 6–8: Arrive as early as 8:00; class starts at 8:10; dismissal at 3:25

  • Middle School (MS) Grades 6–8: Arrive as early as 8:00; class starts at 8:10; dismissal at 3:30

  • Upper School (US) Grades 9–12: Arrive as early as 7:45; class starts at 8:30; dismissal at 3:40

Wildcats, on August 4, 2023, division principals sent more information to CDS parent emails. You can also find this email posted in My CDS (look in Resources for your child's division).

Let's get ready for a new year of school!

Wildcat families, below you'll find our Back-to-School Checklist, as well as other helpful information to get ready for the new school year.

Back-to-School Checklist

To make for the best possible start to our school year, we've put together a checklist to help families prepare. We can't wait to welcome you to a new year of school!

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2023-24 Medical & Health Forms

Each year, our families are required to enter and/or update important medical records and forms for their students. The deadline for completing these forms for the 2023-24 school year is August 1, 2023.

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2023-24 Academic Calendar

The 2023-24 Academic calendar is now available on our website at carolinaday.org/calendar. This calendar includes important beginning-of-school dates, such as August 21, which marks Welcome Wildcat Day with a half-day special schedule, and August 22, the first full day of school. (See above.) Please mark these dates on your calendar!

2023-24 Athletic Participation

In early summer, our Athletics Department sent information to Wildcat families about 2023-24 Athletic & Clinic Offerings. If you have questions, contact athletics@carolinaday.org.

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Many students bring lunch from home, but if you wish to order food, Carolina Day School partners with Wholesome Food Services and local restaurants for lunch service, five days a week. 

Lunch service for the new school year will begin on August 22, 2023.

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